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Kidnapping: Police Arrest Escaped Prison Inmates

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Two inmates who escaped during a jailbreak at the Imo State correctional center in April have been arrested.

A statement released by the media aide to the Commission of Police, CSP Michael Abattam, stated that the suspects were arrested following the arrest of a suspected kidnapper, Eze Kelvin, who resides at Orji in Owerri North LGA of Imo State.

He said Eze was arrested following the reported case of kidnapping in the state.

”On receipt, the team immediately interrogated the suspect who confessed to belong to a kidnapping syndicate that has been terrorizing Imo state and its environs. He also admitted to being an escapee of the recent jail break that occurred on 5/4/2021, in Imo Correctional Center Owerri,  Imo State.

“He led the Tactical teams of the command, after a diligent and robust technical intelligence gathering, to their hideout in  Enugu State where three members of his gang namely,  Raphael Nnamdi “M” an ex-convict, age 28 years of Ozu Okizu in Oyi LGA of Anambra, Johnson Ahanonu “M” an escapee of Imo correctional Home , age 36 years of Obilibi Mbeiri Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, were all arrested in D and D BOSPORUS  HOTEL AND SUITES Enugu.

“On interrogation, the three suspects confessed to have been kidnappers and are responsible for most of the kidnapping cases in the state including, the recent kidnapping of one Ozuzu Ekelezie “M”, Osuji Gladjoan “F ” and Onwuauaka Ugonna ” F” all resident in Owerri, lmo state,” the statement read in part.

Abattam added that when the three suspects were further interrogated, they admitted having firearms and led the Tactical teams to their Armoury in the house of one Monday who is presently on the run, at  Izombe in Oguta LGA Imo State where two (2) Pump Action Guns with twenty (20) rounds of live cartridges were recovered. The tactical teams are on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang.

Abattam said the state Commissioner of police, Cp Abutu Yaro, commended the officers and men of the command for their efforts in combating violent crimes in the state and warn all jailbreakers to return back to the Imo correctional center now or face unforeseen consequences.

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